Hurricane Matthew is strengthening on Friday evening. As of Friday at 8:00 pm, the strong category four hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph with higher gusts up to 178 mph.
According to the National Hurricane Center: "A westward motion at a slower forward speed is expected tonight and Saturday. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast by Saturday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move north of the Guajira Peninsula tonight, move across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica late on Sunday.
Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km) primarily to the north of the center. The latest minimum central pressure just reported by an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft was 945 mb (27.90 inches).